Late Challenge Delays Board Review of Santa Maria Airport Business Park | Local News
An eleventh hour challenge to the environmental scan of the Santa Maria Airport Business Park delayed consideration of the item by the Santa Maria City Council Tuesday evening.
The city received a letter, with the date Tuesday, from the Nonprofit Supporters Alliance for Environmental Responsibility, or SAFER, regarding the draft supplemental environmental impact report prepared for the park’s specific plan. Santa Maria airport activities.
the Santa Maria Public Airport District proposed land use and zoning changes for 28 acres at the northwest corner of Highway 135 and Union Valley Drive to allow flexibility for future development.
Although procedural, airport officials say the changes could revive the long-planned project.
The area is part of the larger 740-acre airport business park with a variety of uses on the excess land south of the airfield.
The airport district plans to enter into long-term leases to create an ongoing source of income.
The original environmental documents were approved in 2007, but the company disputed several aspects of the analysis.
Specifically, the letter sent by an attorney at the Oakland environmental law firm Lozeau Drury LLP alleges a number of flaws in the environmental analysis, notably the failure to analyze the reasonably foreseeable impacts of the proposed zoning project for light industry and the potential impacts on biological resources.
Lawyer Paige Fennie called the additional environmental impact report “grossly inadequate” and urged council to delay action to give staff time to address concerns.
Dana Eady, a city planner, said the delay would allow staff to go over the issues mentioned in the long letter.
The article could be referred to city council as early as the end of May or June.
SAFER appears to regularly launch similar environmental challenges in other communities across the state.
The proposed business park in the airport area has been revised several times since the 1990s.
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